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Cronies Grill: ‘Good Food, Good Friends, Good Times’

Restaurant Profile: Homemade food and a comfortable atmosphere are just the start for a restaurant that encourages diners to spend time with their ‘cronies.’

Costa’s Restaurant, in Byron, Ill., is a true family business. Owners Saro and Robin Costa often recruit their two daughters, Adrianna and Antonina, for kitchen duties. Saro’s parents help, too.
Costa’s Italian Ristorante: Where Old Family Recipes are Treasured

Restaurant Profile: Like many Italian-Americans, family is everything. Meet a restaurant owner who takes that to heart, with homemade food and a welcoming atmosphere.

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Fired Up About Historic Setting, Good Food at Fifth Alarm

Restaurant Profile: Meet a family whose Byron, Ill. restaurant reflects a passion that spans through four generations.

Pam Gray, general manager of The Rusty Putter Steakhouse & Pub, in Roscoe, Ill. (Dustin Waller photo)
The Rusty Putter: Good Food in a Friendly Neighborhood Atmosphere

Restaurant Profile: Learn about a restaurant that has everything from prime rib and pastas to burgers and pizzas, all in a casual atmosphere.

Chef Raul Ojeda and owner Michael Verace make it their goal to serve the best meal at the most reasonable price, at Michaels Restaurant, on the Miracle Mile in Rockford. (Dustin Waller photo)
Michaels Restaurant: Verace Knows Just What Rockford Enjoys

Restaurant Profile: Meet a local restauranteur whose newest venture may look and feel very familiar to the Rockford-area dining scene.